And yeah, they’re cliches and all that, but the fact is that they’re, well, facts. Don’t believe me? Just take a look at www.mrbreakfast.com. There are tons of stats supporting breakfast, such as:
- women who eat bigger breakfasts and smaller dinners stand a better chance of losing weight and inches
- people who skip breakfast eat more carbs later in the day (which leads to fat gain)
- women who skip breakfast experience crankiness and low energy levels
And so on. Yet for whatever reason, call it stubborn human nature, we keep skipping this crucial meal. In fact, it’s speculated that as many as 50 percent of women skip breakfast on a daily basis. It’s not just out of shape women either. See, I’m preaching to the choir here. I catch myself doing it too!
But guess what? We’re shooting ourselves in the foot here.
How Skipping Breakfast Will Affect Your Workout Routine
When we talk about women who workout, we can pretty much divide them into two groups: those who workout before work and those who workout after the 9-5 ends. Yeah, there are the stay at home moms too, but it seems that population is slowly fading away.
Anyway, regardless of which group you are part of, skipping breakfast is hurting your workout routine. Here’s why…
- Morning exercisers–It’s often said that you should pay most attention to your diet around your workout. That’s when you need to be drinking those protein shakes, fueling your body for the beating you’re about to put it through. But if you’re skipping breakfast, then you’re trying to run a race without fuel. The result? You’re not going to workout as hard as you otherwise could. It will also take a bit longer to kickstart your metabolism, so you won’t get the same results.
- After workers–Breakfast is the basis for energy throughout the day. That’s when you should be concentrating most of your whole grain carbs, as they will give energy and slowly burn out through the day. You also want to protein up, as you will be less hungry and less likely to snack on junk later on. Failing to do so can affect yourworkout in two ways. First of all, you will lack the energy to get a good workout, or a workout whatsoever. Secondly, if you feast on junk all day to keep going, your stomach may not even allow you to complete your exercises.
Bottom line–we need to eat breakfast.
Are you skipping breakfast? What’s your reasoning?